[R] Find in R and R books

Spencer Graves spencer.graves at structuremonitoring.com
Tue Nov 23 02:28:57 CET 2010

       Other people like R Site Search 
(http://search.r-project.org/nmz.html), which is available via the 
standard R function "RSiteSearch".

       For me, the fastest literature search on virtually anything 
statistical is the "findFn" function in the "sos" package.  
(Disclaimer:  I'm the lead author of that package, so I may be biased.)  
"findFn" sorts search results to put the package with the most matches 
first.  The print method opens a table of the results in a web browser 
with hot links to the individual matches.  "sos" comes with a vignette, 
which includes an example of the "writeFindFn2xls" function.  This 
writes a "findFn" object to an Excel file with two sheets:  The second 
is all the matches found.  The first is a summary of the packages found 
with extra information not available via RSiteSearch.

       Hope this helps.

On 11/22/2010 3:19 AM, Georg Otto wrote:
> Alaios<alaios at yahoo.com>  writes:
>> Also when I try to search in google using for example the word R inside the search lemma I get very few results as the R confuses the search engine. When I was looking something in matlab ofcourse it was easier to get results as the search engine performs better.
>> What are your tricks when you want to find some function that provides some functionality?
> To search R-specific sites the best place to go is this one:
> http://www.rseek.org/
> Cheers,
> Georg
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